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Reading the Chris Bosh tea leaves: Yeah, he's gone.

May 10, 2010, 12:19 PM EDT

nba_bosh1.jpgOur homeboy Ira Winderman explained it on Friday — by the time July 1 comes around, team executives are already going to know what is going on with the top free agents. That’s because teams afraid of losing them for nothing will have already started talking sign-and-trades.

That includes Chris Bosh. For now, we’re trying to read the tea leaves, and those leaves are forming an arrow pointed out of Toronto.

Take this comment from Raptors VP Maurizio Gheradini made before the EuroLeague Finals yesterday to Sportando.

“Bosh? We hope he will stay with us. But now it is to early to talk about it. In June Raptors will know his final decision” said Gherardini. “My impression is that in Toronto Raptors we will have four or five new players for the next season” added Gherardini who finished saying about Euroleague level and new European players in NBA.

Four or five new players? Counting Chris Bosh returning, there are 11 players set for the Raptors roster already next season (they will bring back Sonny Weems and Joey Dorsey at their affordable prices). The first round pick they have will add one new player.

But the only way you’d get a bunch more is some kind of big trade — or sign-and-trade — deal.

It may be nothing, we’re just reading the tea leaves.

  1. David - May 10, 2010 at 1:05 PM

    I wouldn’t dispute that Bosh is gone, but basing this on Maurizio’s figure of new faces is questionable.
    Three players not named Bosh won’t be returning: Rasho Nesterovic will finish his career in Europe, Patrick O’Bryant can look forward to a career change and free-agent Antoine Wright seems not to be in the team’s plan. Let’s say Dorsey and the draft pick replace both Rasho and O’Bryant. That’s one new player (Mr. draft pick). Colangelo says he may trade a point guard. That would bring in a second new face or maybe two. He also has alluded to trading the 2010-11 expiring contracts of Reggie Evans and Marcus Banks for a longer contract. That could be another player or two. This reference to four or five new faces appears to deal with the players other than Bosh known to be leaving. Other new faces might come with a Bosh sign and trade, whether they are expirings that come along with draft picks or via a trade exception, or talent for a longer timeframe.

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